Fined £300 for disorderly behaviour

A Derry man of no fixed abode has been fined £300 for shouting abuse in the city centre.

Roy Cunningham shouted: ‘‘You’re a w*****” at a police officer on a bicycle outside Quayside Shopping Centre at around 8pm on April 15, Derry Magistrate’s Court heard this week.

He was intoxicated and unsteady on his feet, and was asked by officers to leave the area.

Soon afterwards he was observed shouting abuse at people on William Street and was arrested.

Cunningham admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour. He had been dealt with at Derry Magistrate’s Court recently for a “similar offence”, defence barrister Eoghan Devlin told the court.

District Judge Barney McElholm said: “We can’t have things like this going on” in the city. He added that although the defendant was unemployed “he’s having enough drink to carry on like this”.

Cunningham was warned he would face a custodial sentence if brought before the court for such an offence in future.